Simply pouring on the Italian dressing makes the spices perfect and the crunch of onions, sweetness of green peppers and olives as well as the tang of spicy pepperoni, create a pulled together cold dish that is perfect all summer long.
Tailgating is almost its own season, but that makes way for summer parties, beach picnics and church pot lucks. Everyone is always bringing food or asking what to bring and next time you are invited to a food smorgasbord, saddle up with the best Italian pasta salad you can muster up.
this salad can make to party.. this it so delicious
Italian Pasta Salad Recipe :
This recipe is pretty easy to make and also easily adjustable.
Here is the recipe as shown:
8 ounces (dry) rotini, radiatore (as shown) or macaroni pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
3 ounces pepperoni, quartered
1 can (3.8 oz) sliced black olives
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 dry pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1 cup zesty Italian dressing
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Types of Pasta to Use:
Pasta can be kinda personal. You would think that food made from the same basic ingredients would all taste the same but its not true. The texture and shape make a huge difference in how we enjoy our dish. I mean have you ever tried a chicken Alfredo with spaghetti noodles?
Its a bit odd without that bite of fettuccine.
For this salad, I used radiatore because I like it! You can also use rotini pasta, which is super common, or really almost any other pasta that makes you happy. Traditionally it’s rotini and that will be what most people expect.
Make sure after you cook your pasta, you drain and run under cold water to cool the pasta. If you do not cool your pasta all the way before making, it can affect the ingredients on mixing.
Time to create: 20 minutes total if you are counting the cooking of the pasta. Otherwise you can deduct 8-10 minutes from that, making this a super fast meal.
Italian Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing:
Add pasta to a mixing bowl.
Add pepperoni, olives, green pepper, tomatoes and onion and mix well.Stir in dressing and mix well to evenly coat.
Refrigerate for atleast 1 hour to marinate or overnight if you are able (tastes better!)